First let me provide some historical context regarding my process of making resolutions:
Over the years, I have made resolutions only to discard them shortly– if not immediately–after I made them. In other years, I declared that I wouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions because I have such a dismal track record in keeping them. And once I even made a declaration that I would not be bound to making resolutions just on New Year’s Day but rather to make resolutions throughout the year.
None of these strategies were quite satisfactory because I kept forgetting this important fact: Life is unpredictable and is always throwing up detour signs along my way. Sometimes the universe will say “Aha, you want to go that way but I want you to go to that way.”
Sometimes those derailments are painful. This year I had a family crisis that consumed so much of my time and emotional energy that I did not get to all of the activities that I had planned. In fact they seemed stupid and shallow. Contrarily, some derailments have been pleasant. I had resolved to buy a new camera and spend more time engaged in photography. I never got around to it because of the aforementioned crisis. Instead, Providence recently dropped a drum in my lap and I have been exploring and enjoying this mode of expression much to my benefit.
Therefore, since life loves to throw wrenches into my plans, I have decided that this year I will incorporate broader boundaries to allow for the tangents my resolutions will inevitably follow.
So here it is: I resolve for 2017:
- I will express my creativity on a regular basis in a variety of media and genres.
- I will practice a healthy lifestyle.
- I will engage in activities that make my home a comfortable and organized place to live.
- I will engage in daily spiritual practices to benefit my mental health and fortify my soul.
- I will strive to mitigate the effects of toxic people and develop healthier relationships.
- I will participate in activities that benefit others.
I will let you know at the end of the year how this all worked out.
Happy New Year.
ljgloyd (c) 2017